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Walton and Hersham


23 March 2010
National Gallery and Backstage Tour of the Coliseum

Delaroche The Execution of Lady Jane Grey 1833Painting History: Delaroche and Lady Jane Grey

Delaroche, a contemporary of Ingres and Delacroix, was renowned for his monumental history paintings, particularly of English subjects. Of these, the Execution of Lady Jane Grey is the most well known. Painting History traces the gestation of the work and places it in the context of history painting.  Also displayed are major works which established his reputation in the 1820s and 30s.

We will have a private introductory talk followed by a self-guided tour of the exhibition

The Coliseum Theatre

London ColiseumBackstage Tour

The Coliseum Theatre is one of London’s largest and best-equipped theatres. It was opened in 1904 by the impresario Oswald Stoll whose ambition was to build the largest and finest ‘People’s palace of entertainment’ of its age. Now home of the English National Opera, it underwent extensive renovations between 2000 and 2004 whilst retaining many of its original features. The tour has been arranged by Sarah Lenton who is giving our February lecture. She writes ‘backstage is unreconstructed 1904’ so a degree of agility and fitness is required.


13 July 2010
Bowood House and Broadleas Garden

Bowood House

Bowood House is a Grade 1 listed Georgian country House begun c1720 with interiors by Robert Adam and a garden designed by Capability Brown. There are superb collections of paintings in the Orangery and of the Lansdowne Marbles in the sculpture gallery. In one of the most beautiful parks in England the sinuous 1km lake was created by the flooding of the unfortunate village of Mannings Hill.

Broadleas gardensBroadleas Garden is an attractive garden with a steep dell planted with many varieties of magnolias and other acid loving plants. There is also a Secret Garden, a sunken Rose Garden and a silver border with a great variety of shrubs and exotic climbers. In a woodland walk some tender rarities can be found sheltered from the elements.


19 October 2010
Londinium and the Museum of London

Roman wallLondon is a Roman city. Londinium was founded soon after the Roman invasion in 43AD. The city grew to be one of the largest north of the Alps. It is remarkable how much of the fabric of that first city survives and the walk will begin at Tower Hill with some impressive sections of the Roman city wall.  The blitz revealed the foundations of the Roman fort and nearby is the recently discovered amphitheatre. The walk, which will last around 90 minutes, will end at the Museum of London.



Museum of London

Roman mosaic roomThe Museum of London has displays of Roman artefacts as well as reconstructions of aspects of Roman Life. There are also exhibits from London pre-history to the end of the 17th century. 2010 sees the opening of two new spectacular galleries showing life in London from 1700 to the present day.